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Dr.  Mark Lewis, PhD
Information Systems & Operations Management Professor
Craig School of Business
Popplewell Hall
Missouri Western State University
St. Joseph, MO  64507

phone:  816-271-4273


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Moodle is MWSU's replacement for WebCT starting in Spring 2013.   A Moodle  help guide is available.

Digital Measures,   Goldlinkemail

Serv-U  (otherwise known as the N, O and P drive)      

Library  (links to databases of journals used in research)

My Google Scholar page (journals, patents, citations, etc.)


Acc/Mgt 418 Management Information Systems

The required textbook for Spring 2014 is no longer a free, online text at -- they changed their business model in Spring 2014 to charge a relatively low amount for their textbooks, e.g. about $40.   Go to the site and search for MGT 418 and you will find the book.  It is Information Systems: A Managerís Guide to Harnessing Technology, Version 2.0 by John Gallaugher.

Here are some Access Help videos that are ipod/iphone compatible.

If you are an online student, I strongly recommend you become familiar with Moodle, because there are no in-class meetings, all communications are performed via Moodle (or email or a phone call or an office visit).   

 Miscellaneous class information contains various items of interest. 


MGT 416 Production / Operations Management (Spring 2014 syllabus)

In Production/Operations Management  students will gain an appreciation of the knowledge needed and the tools available for managing operations in an organization.  Students will engage in mathematical modeling and sensitivity analysis of typical operations situations, such as productivity analysis, project management,  decision making, capacity planning, forecasting, line balancing, learning curves, quality control and optimization.   Video tutorials on Excel will be posted on the student-available O drive and/or my YouTube channel .

 -- My area of research is Operations Research (OR), which utilizes mathematical descriptions to find optimal or near-optimal solutions to management problems which may or may not be stochastic (i.e. contain some risk).  Examples include network routing, inventory management, product mix, investing, scheduling and many more. 

-- CTAP Example algorithm for 4 tasks assigned to 3 processors and the Capacitated Task Allocation Problem Set used in Lewis and Kochenberger's research on modifying Griffith and Stewart's Method of Approximation Programming for binary quadratic programs.

-- Linear Ordering of web pages based on path traversals stored in server logs.

 -- Data Files for difficult instances of the Unconstrained Binary Quadratic ProgramGeneralized Vertex Cover ProblemLinear Ordering Problem, Set Partitioning Problem, Sailor Assignment Problem as well as links to tabu search programs and problem-set creation code.




I often update my Photography page to highlight pictures I have recently taken.
Caneel Bay, USVI

Astrophotography using 80mm Enhanced Dispersion optics refractor.
  The Prius page!  Unfortunately, my gas mileage has dropped about 10% due to the Missouri legislature's mandate to use a blend of 10% ethanol in all Missouri gas stations.  Ethanol burns cleaner, but is less fuel-efficient.  The Prius has practically no exhaust emissions using regular gas, so using an ethanol blend that lowers gas mileage ends up costing me more with no benefit to the environment!  Advocates of bio-fuels say ethanol should not decrease gas mileage, but "should not" also means "may in fact" (decrease gas mileage), as noted in the previous article and this discussion.   In addition, the energy required to actually create and deliver the ethanol is more than the energy needed to create gasoline.  The true energy independent solution is hydrogen fuel cells using our water infrastructure and locally produced hydrogen.


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key words:  Optimization, Guided Design Search, Sailor Assignment, Operations Research, tabu search, metaheuristic, COMPASS, Network design, Experimental design, Taguchi methods, management science, linear ordering


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